Thomas Walker High School students defy ACLU, include Christian - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Thomas Walker High School students defy ACLU, include Christian song and prayer in graduation

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • July Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

    July Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

    Friday, July 18 2014 4:06 PM EDT2014-07-18 20:06:33 GMT
    The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in July by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.More >>
    The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in July by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.More >>
  • Woman impales herself on cemetery fence; says she was running from attacker

    Woman impales herself on cemetery fence; says she was running from attacker

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 2:53 PM EDT2014-07-23 18:53:18 GMT
    A woman claims she was running from an attacker and tried to jump a five foot fence when she became impaled. Firefighters had to use power saws and a grinding saw to cut her free, all while she was conscious. After 30 minutes she was transported to an area hospital for surgery to remove the spike sticking out of her thigh. It happened at Vine Cemetery in Hazleton. She said the nearest gate was locked. Witnesses backed...More >>
    A woman claims she was running from an attacker and tried to jump a five foot fence when she became impaled. Firefighters had to use power saws and a grinding saw to cut her free, all while she was conscious. After 30 minutes she was transported to an area hospital for surgery to remove the spike sticking out of her thigh. It happened at Vine Cemetery in Hazleton. She said the nearest gate was locked. Witnesses backed...More >>
  • Nasty living conditions, black algae water lead to animal cruelty charges for woman who shows dogs competitively

    Nasty living conditions, black algae water lead to animal cruelty charges for woman who shows dogs competitively

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:32 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:32:41 GMT
    A woman who owns several dogs and cats in Jonesborough faces multiple animal cruelty charges after an animal control officer says he found the animals living in deplorable conditions. Johnson City-Washington County Animal Control Officer Wayne Thomas caught it all on tape.More >>
    A woman who owns several dogs and cats in Jonesborough faces multiple animal cruelty charges after an animal control officer says he found the animals living in deplorable conditions. Johnson City-Washington County Animal Control Officer Wayne Thomas caught it all on tape.More >>
Ewing, VA (WJHL) - Students at Thomas Walker High School added a Christian song and prayer to the high school graduation ceremony Friday night, despite a warning from the American Civil Liberties Union.

Saturday night, graduating seniors at the Lee County, Virginia school included The Lord's Prayer and a Christian song into the graduation ceremony which did not include any religious references in the actual program.

Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union warned the school that it's traditional inclusion of the song "Till We Meet at Jesus' Feet" in the graduation ceremony was a violation of the Constitution.

The ACLU also warned against the display of The Ten Commandments in Thomas Walker High School.

In response to the ACLU letter, Lee County School leaders took down The Ten Commandments.   Students responded by displaying individual copies in their lockers, permissible because it's considered personal property.

"Till We Meet at Jesus' Feet" was removed from the graduation program, the first time that's happened in school history.

On Wednesday, a large group held a rally outside the school in support of the religious display and song.

Friday night, one student diverted from the program during the graduation and prayed "The Lord's Prayer."   Much of the audience including students, staff, faculty, and family members joined in.

At the end of the graduation ceremony, students once again went off-program and sang the song "God Be With You Till We Meet Again."   That caused the auditorium to erupt in applause.

The actions of Thomas Walker graduates likely can't be considered a Constitutional violation because school administration didn't condone the inclusion of the Christian song and prayer by planning for it in the graduation order of service.

Look for more at 11pm on News Channel 11.

Copyright 2014 WJHL.  All rights reserved.



Powered by WorldNow